- 31 months ago
So, back when we were all trying to puzzle out what the hell Intel was doing from leaked slides, there was some question as to what "Kaby Lake Refresh" meant, with some suggesting it was an alternative name for Coffee Lake. One of the tidbits from yesterday's announcement is that "Kaby Lake Refresh" is, in fact, a separate product -- higher core count versions of existing laptop chips, built on the same 14+ process as Kaby Lake:
In our pre-briefings, Intel only mentioned Coffee Lake in the context of the fact that today’s launch is not Coffee Lake. Because media were expecting this to be Coffee Lake (and expecting it to be a desktop processor launch), the question ‘is this Coffee Lake’ was actually asked several times, and the answer had to be repeated. These four new CPUs are still Kaby Lake CPUs built on the same 14+ technology, with minor updates, and bringing quad cores to 15W.